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The Yellow Wallpaper a Stage Play adaptation by Heather Newman

 

Full Length Play, Drama, 4 women, 2 men

Plot Synopsis:  A successful 19th century writer suffers from post-partum depression after her first child and is sent to a country house to recuperate from a nervous condition.  She develops an unhealthy relationship with the decorative wallpaper of her “rest cure” room.

The Yellow Wallpaper  is a 6,000-word short story by the American writer Charlotte Perkins Gilman, first published in January 1892 in The New England Magazine. It is regarded as an important early work of American feminist literature, illustrating attitudes in the 19th century toward women’s physical and mental health.

An adaptation of the original short story was scripted and directed by Heather Newman as part of the 2003 season at Theater Schmeater in Seattle, Washington.  The production starred Mary Jane Gibson as Charlotte, Stephen Loch as John, Annie Lareau as Jennie, Lisa Viertel as Mary, Erin Knight as Lucy and Jim Catechi as Dr. Weir Mitchell.  This adaptation won the 2003 Seattle Times “Best of the Fringe” award. 

Productions & Readings

The adaptation also was produced in 2005 at Tarrant County College by Doctor Judith Gallagher, directed by Melinda Benton-Muller with Kami Rogers as Charlotte.

In May 2010, Heather Newman, Melinda Benton-Muller, and Doctor Judith Gallagher spoke on a panel about this adaptation at the –American Literature Association with members of the ALA and Charlotte Perkins Gilman Society.  Kami Rogers moderated the panel.

In October 2015, the play was produced by Converse College in South Carolina by their School of the Arts.

 


To obtain a copy of Heather Newman’s adaptation of The Yellow Wallpaper or to inquire about applying for performance rights, please fill in the form below.


Poster from Theater Schmeater production

Poster from Theater Schmeater production

Mary Jane Gibson starring as Charlotte in the Theatre Schmeater production. Photo by Joshua Sliwa

Mary Jane Gibson starring as Charlotte in the Theatre Schmeater production.

Photo by Joshua Sliwa



Photo:  Book Cover by Gilda Hannah Kuhlman.

The Yellow Wallpaper By Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Feminist Press, 1973.